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Save Money by Shopping at Ethnic Grocery Stores

Head to your local ethnic food stores for economical ingredients for your favorite recipes.

Save Money by Shopping at Ethnic Grocery Stores: Head to your local ethnic food stores for economical ingredients for your favorite recipes.

Some of our favorite foods are from international flavor profiles. Anytime I make Mexican or Asian food, it’s a big hit. That’s a double blessing since the ingredients for these foods are typically lower priced. Beans, rice, and spices — ubiquitous in both regional cuisines — are typically cheap eats.

They are an especially well priced at ethnic grocery stores. It would seem that what a fancy grocery store might call “gourmet”, is normal good food at these stores with a decided international flair. They also sell basic produce and cuts of meat at great prices.

Keep in mind, too, that not all chain stores are created equally. One location may serve a different population and therefore keep an inexpensive and plentiful stock of certain items. I have one Ralphs that sells sushi and another that has a full aisle of Latino food items.

Shop around and see where you can find the best deals on international ingredients as well as the basics that supersede borders.

Save Money by Shopping at Ethnic Grocery Stores: Head to your local ethnic food stores for economical ingredients for your favorite recipes.

Recipes with International Flair:

Check out these favorite Good Cheap Eats if you’re looking to cook something new and delicious:

Save Money by Shopping at Ethnic Grocery Stores: Head to your local ethnic food stores for economical ingredients for your favorite recipes.

Asian Recipes:

Save Money by Shopping at Ethnic Grocery Stores: Head to your local ethnic food stores for economical ingredients for your favorite recipes.

Mexican Recipes:

What’s your favorite budget-friendly ethnic meal?

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Save Money on Groceries

This is part of the How to Save Money on Groceries series. Scroll through the archives to get tips and tricks for reducing your grocery total at the checkout stand.

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  1. “Ethnic grocery stores and Aldi are the main, biggest stores where we live. We go to chain groceries like Ralphs or Safeway only occasionally, and Trader Joe’s and similar stores are 40 minutes away
    One of our favorites is a version of Pad Thai (we tone down the spice a lot). It uses eggs, bean sprouts, fresh basil, lime juice, soy sauce, and a cheap doughy rice noodle. Bags of bean sprouts are super cheap and a nice, crunchy topping. Even without going to an ethnic market. You can cheat by cutting up egg roll wrappers into strips, they are more available.

  2. my biggest ethnic store is the size of a large grocery store – it’s got all sorts of asian and latin type things plus asian housewares etc – sadly there’s generally a health dept notice there about the meats/seafood LOL – so I don’t get anything there.

    However my asian cooking is greatly enhanced by the ginormous array of reasonably priced asian condiment and ingredients they have – literally an entire long aisle of different kinds of noodles – both sides – ditto ‘sauces – actually more than one as ‘japanese’ is in another aisle! Crazy.

    Actually there’s an H mart [korean chain I think – smaller – not sure they’re in CA] that is not far from me I’m going to try – I hear they have bulgogi cut meats on hand 🙂 And that the meat section is not so scary LOL

    favorite dish – hmmm – everyone’s favorite is mongolian beef from Bee’s Rasa Malaysia site and wonderful cookbook

    • We love H mart! The only problem is that it is so popular we have to go at off-hours to even find a parking spot. We haven’t bought much meat there but it definitely looks to be good quality and not scary.

  3. I live near a university town that is lucky enough to have a number of ethnic grocers. I’ve discovered that the Asian market has good prices on greens and the Indian grocer has REALLY great prices on spices. The package size is larger than we are accustomed to seeing but the price is often shockingly low.

  4. That’s all I shopped at in CA. They were the “Mexican Markets”. The produce prices were ridiculous! Especially during the summer. At one point cucumbers were 15/$1. FIFTEEN! What the heck am I going to do with 15 cucumbers? Oh yeah, buy 2 for pennies. Tortillas were about the same price but they were fresh and actually went bad. Like the package was still warm when you bought it fresh. That was the only good thing about living there.
    The meat was really good quality, too. There was also a Cocina (Kitchen) that’s like any grocery hot food section. We could pick up pork, chicken, or beef, rice, beans, fresh tortillas and salsa that would feed our family of 6 for about $25. Better and cheaper than any fast food! There’s also fresh cheese and sour cream. It’s called crema con sal. It’s a slightly thinner and saltier sour cream than you get in the refrigerator section and SOO good.

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